What is the Dairy Farming Business Grants?
The Energy Efficient Communities Program – Dairy Farming Business Grants is a grant opportunity to support Australian dairy farming businesses to save energy through:
- replace existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
- install or replace a component/s to help an existing system run more efficiently
- carry out on-farm energy audits
- carry out monitoring of energy usage and emissions
The Energy Efficient Communities Program will assist businesses and community organisations to reduce greenhouse gas emission, improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills.
The Business Stream will be delivered through three separate grant opportunities:
- Energy Efficient Communities Program – Dairy Farming Business Grants
- Energy Efficient Communities Program – Small Business Grants
- Energy Efficient Communities Program – High Energy Using Business Grants.
There is a total of $10 million available for the Dairy Farming Business Grants over two years (2020-21 to 2021-22). The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs. The minimum grant amount is $5,000. The maximum grant amount is $20,000.
To be eligible your project must:
- be aimed at reducing energy consumption of your dairy farming business
- have at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure.
Eligible activities include:
- replacing existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
- installing or replacing a component to help an existing system run more efficiently (for example installing solar pre-heating for a hot water system, installing a variable speed drive on a vacuum pump, installing heat recovery from milk cooling equipment to pre-heat hot water, installing remote monitoring equipment for water storage or pasture condition)
- energy audits
- investment feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
- monitoring of energy consumption and emissions.
Eligible expenditure items are:
- an energy audit of your site or part of your site
- costs related to feasibility studies
- purchase or hire of equipment to measure, monitor and record energy use
- purchase of equipment to replace existing equipment, where the new equipment is higher efficiency, and costs to decommission, remove and dispose of the old equipment item
- purchase of equipment or components to help an existing system run more efficiently
- design, and reasonable installation costs of eligible equipment
- commissioning or tuning of equipment installed or modified as part of the project, and any related equipment that is affected by the project
- building permits or approval costs to install equipment, where required.
To be eligible you must:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be licensed to operate a dairy cow farming business in Australia
- be located in one of the following states:
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- New South Wales
- and be one of the following entities:
- a co-operative
- an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
- a partnership
- a sole trader.
Applications close 17 August 2020.